Producing with RMITV

Have you got a great idea for a new TV show? Think you’ve got what it takes to source funding, crew and cast to make it all happen? Ready to get started? RMITV accepts applications for new programs year round!

Producing television is an involved process, but it’s also an extremely rewarding one. Each year RMITV produces a wide variety of content with the help of volunteer producers in conjunction with our Programming Manager.

The types of support you can expect from RMITV as an approved pilot or approved production are as follows:

  • Advice and guidance from our highly experienced Programming Manager, who acts as your point of contact for C31 Melbourne and Geelong
  • Assistance in organizing broadcast agreements with C31 Melbourne and Geelong
  • Access to our database of over 500 volunteer members to draw your crew from
  • Free equipment loans (including weekend use)
  • Free access to our edit suite (within office hours)
  • Studio access
  • Access to our office for production meetings, computer, phone and internet access and printing

To apply to produce a show for RMITV, you will first need to fill out the proposal form, found below. If your proposal is approved, you can make a ‘pilot’ episode, which is then reviewed by RMITV and C31 Melbourne and Geelong before RMITV decides to go ahead with a full season.

Making a pilot is a good opportunity to experience the excitement and the rigours of developing a TV show. When making a pilot, we expect you to produce it with the intention of making a full season. We have limited resources and don’t want to dedicate them to one-off productions that never see the light of day.

Before you fill out the proposal, we strongly advise you to read through the RMITV – Student Community Television Inc. Programming Policy, which outlines your responsibilities as a Producer. It’s also worth reading through the “Production Commencement Agreement” and the other RMITV – Student Community Television Inc. policies to make sure you’re across everything.

RMITV generally doesn’t approve your program or pilot if you haven’t crewed on at least one full season of an RMITV approved production. This essential experience will help you get an understanding of the work required and the type of environment we expect you to facilitate for our members as a Producer. We also won’t approve your program if it’s too similar to a current or previous C31 Melbourne and Geelong or RMITV program, if the production is considered too resource intense, or only benefits a small number of people and not RMITV as a whole.

    The types of things we take into account when reviewing your proposal are:

  • The program’s relevance in terms of the aims and objectives outlines in section 3 of the Student Community Television Inc. constitution.
  • The program’s originality in relation to the content and format of existing RMITV – Student Community Television Inc. programs and other MCTC content.
  • The production demands of the program in relation to the allocation of production resources to existing programs.
  • The feasibility of the program’s budget submitted by the producer(s).
  • The producer(s) understanding of the commitment required in producing a program for broadcast television as outlined in the C31 transmission agreement, and the producer(s) previous experience on RMITV approved productions.
  • The number of opportunities created for students and RMITV members by the production (the more, the better!)

If you’re keen to get started,  check out the resources below to get the ball rolling.

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